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News posted on Friday, 19 May 2017

Jackson Family purchase Brewer-Clifton
Jackson Family Wines is acquiring Brewer-Clifton, one of Sta. Rita Hills' top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers. Brewer-Clifton is the third Pinot Noir–based winery Jackson Family has purchased in the span of a year. Source, Wine Spectator.

Constellation Brands is snooping
Constellation Brands might be sniffing around Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, the umbrella for a group of premium brands, is owned not by a wine producer but by the tobacco giant Altria. Source, Forbes.

LA wine store partners with Amazon
Californian wine store Mission Wines and Spirits has teamed up with Amazon Prime Now to launch a fast, one-hour delivery service. The wine retailer, which operates four stores in California, is offering the service out of its Glendale store in Los Angeles seven days a week, for $7.99, with a free two-hour delivery option. Source, The Drinks Business.

Investing in fine wine
It was very gratifying last month to see Rhône lead the way in the Liv-ex 1000 after Amphora Portfolio Management had been trumpeting the wine investment attractions of the ‘La La’ sorority recently. The Champagne sector also outperformed Bordeaux, in fact over a 12 month period Champagne is the second best performing sector behind Burgundy, fully justifying exposure in a diversified portfolio. Source, The Drinks Business.

Singapore's demand for NZ food and drink grows
Singaporeans have an increasingly wide range of options to choose from, in terms of food choices. New Zealand food producers are all out to lure local consumers with a keen focus on food safety and sustainability beyond just nutrition and taste. Source, Today Online.

A look around Babich Wines
The west Auckland property, which stretches across 10 hectares is home to the company's headquarters, head office, cellar door, bottling plant and distribution centre, and has been since 1919. Babich also have four properties totalling 60 hectares in Hawke's Bay and six in Marlborough which supply 250 hectares of grapes. Source, Stuff.

Inside the completed Chateau Seppeltsfield
Barossa Valley winery, Seppeltsfield, best known for its 100-year-old Para Tawny opened a wine ‘chateau’ in China. Here are some photos from inside the chateau now that it's been officially opened. Source, Business Insider.

Sue Ridler assists birth of babydoll lamb via YouTube
Sue and Tony Ridler, of their wine label Short Sheep, have ended up in an unusual situation assisting the birth of a babydoll lamb. Growing up in the city, the pair were unsure how to handle the situation so reached for the iPad and watched a YouTube tutorial. Source, ABC.

Gin made with winegrapes
“Bloody Shiraz” might sound like a French horror movie but for those in the know, it’s one of the most sought-after bottles of booze in Australia. The wine and gin hybrid from Four Pillars Gin has only been produced twice, and both years the stock has completely sold out. Source, Broadsheet.

WA boosts ties with Azerbaijan
Swan Valley wine may soon be sipped on the Caspian Sea, with RiverBank Estate seeking to promote its finest during an upcoming trade delegation to Azerbaijan. The winery will be among a number of local businesses travelling to the country, which borders Iran and Russia, in late October. Source, The West.

NZ's take on the Yarra
The state's first wine region failed to see out the Great Depression but the industry was resurrected in the late 1960s by a few curious winemakers. Once Moet & Chandon, De Bortoli and McWilliam's came knocking in the 1980s, the region quickly expanded and is now home to more than 80 labels. Source, New Zealand Herald.

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